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5 Reads for Armchair Adventurers

Craving adventure? Check out these biographies! Mountaineering, sailing, flight, polar exploration...these books have it all!


Alexis Says: We know that George Mallory's body was found 800 feet from the summit of Mount Everest. This book talks about so much more. A must-read for anyone interested in the man or mountaineering.Amazon

The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
Alexis Says: A memoir about the British Antarctic Expedition led by Robert Falcon Scott. Frank in its treatment of suffering and the causes of the expedition's disastrous outcome.
Amazon Says: Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic on the explorer's doomed quest for the South Pole, recounts the unforgettable journey across forbidding, i more...
Amazon Says: Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Robert Falcon Scott to the Antarctic on the explorer's doomed quest for the South Pole, recounts the unforgettable journey across forbidding, inhospitable terrain. He was also a member of the search party that ultimately discovered Scott's frozen body along with his last notebook entries. With an introduction by the author, this tale of adventure stands out as a literary accomplishment as well as a classic of exploration. less...
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Alexis Says: Osa Johnson, documentary photographer and filmographer, collected some of the earliest footage of Africa. In this book, Osa details the years she spent with her husband, Martin.
Amazon Says: A CLASSIC MEMOIR OF TWO PIONEERING ADVENTURERS Before Joy Adamson went to Africa, before Margaret Mead sailed to Samoa, before Dian Fossey was even born, a Kansas teenager more...
Amazon Says: A CLASSIC MEMOIR OF TWO PIONEERING ADVENTURERS Before Joy Adamson went to Africa, before Margaret Mead sailed to Samoa, before Dian Fossey was even born, a Kansas teenager named Osa Leighty married Martin Johnson, a pioneering photographer just back from a 'round-the-world cruise with Jack London. Together the Johnsons flew and sailed to Borneo, to Kenya, and to the Congo, filming Simba and other popular nature movies with Martin behind the camera and Osa holding her rifle at the ready in case the scene's big game star should turn hostile. This bestselling memoir retraces their careers in rich detail, with precisely observed descriptions and often heart-stopping anecdotes. Illustrated with scores of the dramatic photos that made the Johnsons famous, it's a book sure to delight every lover of true adventure. less...
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Alexis Says: In 1981, Steven Callahan embarked on a trip from Cornwell to Antigua in the 6.5 meter sloop, Napoleon Solo. After traveling down the coasts of Spain and Portugal and sailing to the Canary Islands, Callahan's boat was damaged in a storm. He was forced to abandon his boat and spent 76 days adrift in a raft.
Amazon Says: Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-s more...
Amazon Says: Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan’s dramatic tale of survival at sea was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than thirty-six weeks. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized only six days out. “Utterly absorbing” (Newsweek), Adrift is a must-have for any adventure library. less...
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